Osaka Private Tour -Day1- Explore Sumiyoshi Taisha

It’s getting to be cooler in Japan.Autumn leave is getting to be colorful and beautiful.

Well, I had a customer from Bangkok Thailand.The group is gramma, mother, kid, and a friend.They have been to Kyoto and Nara, and Osaka before. and this time they decided to take 2days for exploring Osaka more!

–Day1 Itinerary (8hrs) —
9:00 Pick up from The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan
9:20-11:20 Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Tempozan Ferris Wheel
11:30-12:30 Lunch at Naniwa-Kuishinbo Yokocho
13:00-13:45 Sumiyoshi Taisha
14:00-14:45 Abeno Harukas
15:00-16:45 Kuromon Ichiba Market
17:00 Arrive at Holiday Inn Osaka Namba

We’ve started the tour from Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan. They enjoyed the time at USJ the day before. The first distination is Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan(海遊館) & Tempozan Ferris Wheel(天保山観覧車)
There is food court area called “Naniwa-Kuishinbo Yokocho”(なにわ食いしんぼ横丁) where you can enjpy wide variety of Japanese traditional food, just next to the aquarium.1103-Private-Tour-to-Osaka-Naniwa-Kuishinbo Yokocho
After having lunch at one of restruants there, we’ve moved to today’s highlight, Sumiyoshi Tisha(住吉大社).
There are a couple of unique spots in Sumiyoshi Tisha. The spot is called “Godairiki”(五大力). At west side of the area, there is an area you can find small stone written with 五(five)大(Big)力(power)on it. And if you collect them all, your dream comes true!
They sell cute cases for the fortune stone “Gotairiki” at souvenir shop.
There were nice old stall stand and…
kid enjoy the bouncy ball scooping! I remember I liked and played a lot when I was a kid, hehe.
Originally we were planning to Abeno Harukas(あべのハルカス) which is known as the highest building in Japan, but we run out of time and just skipped. Then we moved back to namba downton area and enjoyed some eating out at Kuromon Ichiba(黒門市場)and finished the tour.This day they are staying at Holiday Inn Osaka Namba and seemes to be they enjoyed Kani-Douraku(かに道楽) just near the hotel.

See you tomorrow!!

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